In a recent report, The Daily Mail claimed that Newcastle United are eyeing a £52m move for West Ham United star Lucas Paqueta this January. It has been stated that Magpies are eager to acquire the services of the Brazilian midfielder in the winter transfer window.
Paqueta’s Impressive Run Of Form In The Premier League
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a decent campaign at the London Stadium thus far as he has produced some impressive displays for them in the Premier League. Paqueta has netted one goal and secured one assist in five appearances for the Hammers this season in league football.
The Paqueta-born sensation has been a reliable performer for West Ham and has done well to average 4.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 1.4 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in Premier League football.
He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with his teammates after completing 77.1% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
Paqueta’s current deal at the London club will expire in the summer of 2027. Therefore, the Magpies will have to make a convincing offer if they want to recruit him this January.
Should Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe Snap Paqueta Up?
Paqueta can do a little bit of everything in the middle of the park as he is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some important interceptions for his team. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when required and can even engineer a few clear-cut chances for his teammates up top.
The Brazilian midfield ace can strike the ball with venom from long range and is a good dribbler with the ball as well. He has mainly operated in the number ten position for West Ham this season but can also play as a box-to-box midfielder if told to do so.
At 26, Paqueta will only get better with each season, so the Tyneside club would be wise to go all out to snap him up during the January transfer window.